Atwater Village is a neighborhood covering 1.78 square miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. It lies directly across the Los Angeles River from Los Feliz and Griffith Park to the west and borders Glendale to the north and east. The neighborhood also shares borders with the neighborhoods of Silver Lake to the south, Elysian Valley to the southeast, & Glassell Park to the northeast.
Much of Atwater Village lies in the old river flood plain. While city expansion and development had previously turned the river into something of an eyesore, more recent cleanup efforts and a movement to allow it to revert to a wilderness state, has placed renewed focus on preserving the river’s natural beauty with its sandy bottom, shady trees, and population of wild herons. The river is now a popular spot for recreational activities like fishing, kayaking and biking.
Principal thoroughfares include San Fernando Road, Fletcher Drive, and Los Feliz and Glendale Boulevards. Atwater Village is noted for its proximity to the Interstate 5, SR 134 and Interstate 110 freeways. The Golden State and Glendale Freeways run along the district’s western and southeastern borders, respectively.
Within the boundaries of Atwater Village are Glenfeliz Boulevard Elementary and Atwater Avenue Elementary, which scored 813 and 781, respectively, out of 1,000 in the 2013 Academic Performance Index. Nearby schools include Theodore Roosevelt Middle, which scored 820, and Washington Irving Middle, which had a score of 729. John Marshall Senior High scored 757.
The Tam O’Shanter Inn, established in 1922, is one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles County. Walt Disney was a frequent patron there. It is rumored that the architecture of the Tam helped influence building design on the Pinnochio ride at Disneyland.